OT Question on audio downloads from youtube

Roger Bell_West roger at firedrake.org
Thu Sep 24 04:52:46 EDT 2020

On Thu, Sep 24, 2020 at 09:25:15AM +0100, Budge wrote:
>Life in never simple!  My choice of .opus was frustrated by lack of
>support for my media server and author advises he will not likely be
>adding .opus.

What can I say, mpd is just the best I've found. :)

>I therefore went with .aac as the next best option.
>I now find that if I wish to include thumbnails I can only use .m4a (or
>I appreciate thumbnails do nothing for sound but they do make searching
>easier so looks like .m4a is the way to go.  Pity I just downloaded 18
>files to .aac.

Please see my and Dave's previous comments: you can remux your raw AAC
bitstream into an M4A (which is the same thing as MP4, just renamed
for convenience) container without reencoding.

>My only other comment for now is that the metadata that comes with the
>download is very poor and very short on the info I have been used to.

YouTube basically gives you nothing (because you're meant to be
showing that blog of data in your browser, not giving it to other
software to play with).

I just use ffmpeg to tag. (ffmpeg -acodec copy -metadata foo=bar etc.)
Some people like AtomicParsley. Whatever works for you.


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